Should I pay for her shoes that my dog chewed up?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Should I pay for her shoes that my dog chewed up?
    Yes, always offer to pay for things your dog ruins, no matter how many times you've warned them : (126 votes)
    50 %
    No, you've already warned her twice, don't offer in the future : (94 votes)
    37 %
    No, you shouldn't have offered the second time it happened : (27 votes)
    11 %
    No, you shouldn't have offered the first time - you warned her! : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    5392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Sea_Ashley:  Although you reminded her, it’s likely she forgot. If she’s not used to having to do it at home, it wouldn’t come naturally to her; so whereas for you it’s second nature, for her it isn’t. For that reason, yes, I would have offered to pay.

    In future, I’d suggest that you tell her every time she comes in/takes her shoes off; not just once at the start of her visit. Or, that you put them away for her. That way you don’t need to worry.

    Post # 4
    2400 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Honestly, no I wouldn’t offer to pay for them again.

    Post # 5
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    I think it’s nice that you replaced them the first time, I wouldn’t have offered on the second time because you told her to put them in the closet the first time, she didn’t, you replaced those shoes…then she visits again and doesn’t put them in the closet knowing they could get ruined? Yeah I wouldn’t replace them. I’d apologize but that’s it. It’s your house and your dogs house, you have warned people it will happen and if they don’t put them in the closet what can you do? Just keep buying people new stuff? No.

    Post # 6
    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Sea_Ashley:  In the future I’d start moving her shoes for her, or get a bench or something next to the door you can close to keep them in, or crate the dog while visitors are over. Sorry, but if your dog chewed it you need to replace it. I’m assuming your also working on training the pup too/breaking him of chewing?

    Post # 7
    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m usually in the “replace everything your dog ruins” camp (I have a lovable Labrador myself!) but if she’s already let it happen and you’ve replaced them one, chica needs to learn to put her shoes away, or only wear $3 Old Navy fli flops when she comes over, haha.

    Post # 8
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Sea_Ashley:  if i had a dog that likes to chew shoes i would put her shoes in the closet myself.  why don’t you do this?????  it would save everyone a lot of grief.

    Post # 9
    206 posts
    Helper bee

    Honestly, the problem is in disciplining your dog.  I’ve had a few goldens now, and they’re very easy to discipline and train.  Yes, they’ve all loved to chew on things they weren’t supposed to, but I got them all to knock it off.  I’d feel embarrassed and terrible if my dog did that to a friend’s item, and thus I’d continue to pay for anything my dog ruined if I were in your position.

    Post # 10
    3199 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Sea_Ashley:  just tell her every time she comes in the house. if you do this and she still leaves her shoes out and the dog chews them, that’s on her.

    Post # 12
    9019 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m torn on this one.  But I think you should offer to pay to replace her shoes again.  You’re responsible for your dog’s behavior and most likely she forgot to put her shoes in the closet. 

    Since you paid for them the last time she left them out, it seems like you’d have said to her, “Hey, did you remember to put your shoes in the closet?  Because you know my pup will chew them and I don’t want to pay for replacing them again.”

    Or, you could put her shoes in the closet for her.

    Or, best solution – you can teach your pup not to chew things like shoes, and have chew toys for him instead.

    Post # 13
    1199 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    The first time, ok I’ll replace the shoes, but she continuously keeps on leaving her shoes out knowing your dog chews them. I wouldn’t pay after that, but I would find a solution because it is your dog and he needs to be trained. I think getting a shoe rack by the entrance that closes is a really good idea. I would do that, in the meantime also training my dog not to chew On anything other than his toys. 

    Post # 14
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @figgnewton:  +1. I would have done it once and only once. Maybe she doesn’t have a dog at home and doesn’t know how it is, but I would think when she arrived at the OP’s house, she would see the dog and be reminded. Our furbaby can be a bit of a menace and essentially if people don’t like it, they don’t need to come over. He’s part of the family, they aren’t.

    Post # 15
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I’d pay for them this time. Next time when she comes over, make a joke out of it and say something like ‘right, put your shoes in the closet – I’m running out of money having to pay for your shoes!!’ 

    And if she doesn’t put them in there, physically put them in there yourself. 

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